January 6th, 2013 (F1pplus/R. Baillie).- Lotus will not take part in the first pre-season test in Jerez, Spain at the end of January to continue working on the E22.
“We’re going to keep our car under wraps a little longer than some other teams. We’ve decided that attending the Jerez test isn’t ideal for our build and development programme.” Lotus F1 technical director Nick Chester said in a press release.
“We are likely to unveil the car before attending the Bahrain tests, and in Bahrain we should really be able to put the car through its paces in representative conditions.”
Missing the four-day event in Spain means Lotus will only have eight days of testing prior to the start of the season.
Chester was upbeat about the team’s 2014 challenger and said the figures looked good so far.
“From our perspective the figures look promising and development has been positive. That said, we are very much working with very little idea of what the other teams are doing.” he said.
“We think we have a very good solution to the challenge and hopefully this will be seen when the E22 turns its wheels in anger”
The E22 has already undergone and passed some crash tests and seat fittings have been carried out for drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.
“We’ve made very good progress with the various homologation tests which took place before Christmas including chassis squeeze and side impact loading tests as well as the rear crash structure, meaning we just have the nose test to complete the car’s homologation. We’ve undertaken chassis fits for Romain and Pastor.” Chester said.